Simple ways to energize yourself

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Many of today's women are juggling their career, kids, finances, and family: and many are exhausted.  In fact, 75 percent of women say they feel drained.

"Women do a lot of things in general.  We're kind of programmed that way," said Lisa Masterson, M.D.

As a TV star, doctor, writer, philanthropist and mom, Masterson says she can relate.  But she admits to have the energy to have it all, first make sure your exhaustion isn't something more serious.

"A lot of times, the energy thing is depression," Masterson explained.

If it is just fatigue, then Dr. Masterson says the best place to start is by setting goals.

"All of the sudden you become a new person because you've put down your goals and who you want to be," Masterson said.

And the physical aspect is just as important as the mental.  Eating healthy can make you feel more alert and energized.  Masterson said she loads up on other energy boosting super foods like oats, broccoli, spinach, apricots, and walnuts. 

The next step is to try something new, like a new language or musical instrument.

"Not only will it energize your body it will energize your mind," Masterson said.

And finally, put yourself on your priority list. Schedule some "me" time by doing something for yourself.

"You have to prioritize yourself as much as you prioritize your job, your clients, and your kids," Masterson explained.

Another way to increase your energy is by taking a power nap.  Research shows that both information overload and pushing our brains too hard can zap energy. 

Studies by the National Institutes of Mental Health found that a 60-minute power nap can not only reverse the mind-numbing effects of information overload, it also helps us to better retain what we learned.

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